Cohen Media Group has set a March 30 Blu-ray Disc release date for Journeys Through French Cinema, a three-and-one-half-hour tour through French film history from director Bertrand Tavernier.
A follow-up to Tavernier’s documentary My Journey Through French Cinema (2017), this eight-part series includes two episodes of Tavernier’s favorite directors, an episode on musicals by Julien Duvivier, two episodes on forgotten French directors, and one episode titled “My 1960’s”. The series explores how his country’s cinema was shaped by German occupation and changed again through the New Wave, spotlights little-known female filmmakers, and more.
Subjects include René Clément, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Julien Duvivier, Henri Decoin, Claude Autant-Lara, as well as composers who made music for movies — an art in and of itself that is far from the Hollywood spotlight.
Shout! Factory has announced the March 2 home release of 400 Bullets, a military action film written and directed by Tom Paton (Black Ops, Redwood).
The Blu-ray Disc and DVD include commentary with Paton and behind-the-scenes featurettes. The film also will be available through digital retailers.
400 Bullets follows a Gurkha soldier named Rana Rae (Jean-Paul Ly) who is guarding a British military outpost when Capt. Noah Brandt (Andrew Lee Potts) arrives looking for refuge from a group of rogue special ops and a cell of heavily armed Taliban.
The two soldiers must fight for their lives as they attempt to call for backup before the rogue squad, led by the backstabbing Sgt. Bartlett (James Warren), can hunt them down to retrieve a case of missile guidance chips that Noah intercepted. Rana and Noah, armed with only 400 bullets and the Gurkha’s deadly weapon of choice – the kukri blade – must battle their way through multiple enemies in a brutal showdown to the death.
400 Bullets boasts a stellar British cast that in addition to Ly (Jailbreak, I Am Vengeance) includes Andrew Lee Potts (The Crown, Primeval), James Warren (The Gentlemen, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Adele Oni (The Witcher, Years and Years), Steve Blades (All the Devil’s Men, Recoil), and Wayne Gordon (Into the Badlands, Cinderella Man).
Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop have announced the Feb. 2 release of Sesame Street — Elmo’s World: Things Elmo Loves, consisting of episodes from the “Sesame Street” Elmo’s World segment, each exploring a different topic to spark kids’ curiosity.
The program will be available on DVD and for digital download from Shoutfactory.com or Sesameworkshop.org.
In addition to more than two hours of Elmo, the set also includes the full-length feature Elmo Loves You!, with celebrity appearances from Trisha Yearwood, John Legend, and R.E.M.
In Elmo’s World, the famed puppet discovers the world around him in segments covering such topics as emotions, grandparents, bus drivers, drawing, fruit, supermarkets, toys, hair, dog walkers and chickens.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has set a Jan. 12 home release date for Ammonite, a romantic drama about a passionate and all-consuming love affair that changes the lives of two 19th century women.
The film, written and directed by Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) and starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, will be available to home viewers through digital retailers and on demand, as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
The home release comes with an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette with the cast and crew “taking audiences on a beautiful behind-the-scenes journey into the making of this remarkable film,” according to a news release.
In 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) works alone on the rugged Southern coastline. With the days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now searches for common fossils to sell to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother. When a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife Charlotte Murchison (Ronan), she cannot afford to turn his offer down. Proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, Mary initially clashes with her unwelcome guest, but despite the distance between their social class and personalities, an intense bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their relationship.
Alongside Winslet and Ronan, the cast of Ammonite includes Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’ Diary franchise, Sense & Sensibility), James McArdle (, Mary Queen of Scots), Alec Secareanu (God’s Own Country, “Strike Back”) and Fiona Shaw (“Killing Eve,” Colette).
With each purchase of Ammonite, either on disc or through digital retailers, consumers are eligible to earn points toward special rewards through the Universal All-Access Rewards program. Members can redeem their points for digital movies, signed collectables, boxed sets, and other exclusive prizes. To register visit www.MyUniversalRewards.com.
Shout! Studios on Dec. 18 announced it has entered into an exclusive movie deal with Sola Media GmbH to distribute Dreambuilders, a new animated family feature film from the director of All Dogs Go To Heaven and Ferngully.
“Dreambuilders is an incredibly unique and engaging story, and we’re very excited to once again partner with Sola Media as we did on the wonderful family films Swift and Snowtime, to distribute it to a North American audience,” said Melissa Boag, Shout’s SVP of family entertainment.
Dreambuilders follows the story of a young girl named Minna who, in order to teach her stepsister a lesson, misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams. This brings dire consequences, and Minna now must face the dreams she has created and enter the dream world one last time in to save her stepsister and her new family. The film is directed by Kim Hagen Jensen, best known for All Dogs Go To Heaven and FernGully) and Tonni Zinck (The Neon Demon), and is produced by Nynne Selin Eidnes of First Lady Film.
Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to Dreambuilders, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of the film across all major entertainment platforms, including Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced a March 9 home release date for On-Gaku: Our Sound, an anime film animated and directed by Japanese filmmaker Kenji Iwaisawa.
The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, and digital platforms.
Based on the comics by Hiroyuki Ohashi, the film follows the story of a feared trio of high school delinquents who, having no skills, money, or even a full set of drums, decide they are destined for musical glory. They embark on the quest to impress their only friend Aya, avoid a rival gang, and — most importantly — jam out.
Featuring a lead performance by Japanese alt-rock legend Shintaro Sakamato, On-Gaku: Our Sound was an official selection at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, and winner of the Nelvana Grand Prize at the 2019 Ottawa International Animation Festival.
In addition to a feature-length “making of” documentary, bonus features (exclusive to the Blu-ray and DVD release) include a live musical performance, “On-Gaku” (demo); “Our Movie: Behind the Scenes”; a rock festival pencil test; three short films by Kenji Iwaisawa, Mountain, Mourning Ice Pop, Nicky, and Taro Wanted to be Water; a gallery of storyboards; and trailers.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Dec. 12 launched its “Holidays at Home Marathon,” delivering holiday-themed episodes of classic TV series and a schedule of films curated and streamed through the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel.
Offerings from Sony Pictures’ television catalog include favorite seasonal episodes from “Community,” “The Nanny,” “Bewitched,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Designing Women,” “Good Times,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Sanford and Son,” “Who’s the Boss?,” “News Radio,” “Just Shoot Me!” and “Mad About You.” Full episodes are currently being rolled out on YouTube and will be available for viewers in the U.S. to stream on demand through the end of December.
The schedule of one-time movie streams began with the 1997 romantic comedy As Good as It Gets and continues with:
Paramount Home Entertainment has set a Jan. 12, 2021, DVD-only release date for Jungleland, a buddy film from Vertical Entertainment that stars Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell and Jessica Barden.
Earlier, the film was released Nov. 10 on premium VOD and for digital purchase — four days after its theatrical debut, in a limited release.
Directed and co-written by Max Winkler, Jungleland was produced by Romulus Entertainment in association with Scott Free Productions and Big Red Films.
The movie follows two brothers whose bond is tested as they hustle and scrape toward their slice of the American Dream. Stanley (Hunnam) and Lion (O’Connell) are brothers struggling to stay relevant in the underground world of bare-knuckle boxing. When Stanley fails to pay back a dangerous crime boss, they’re forced to deliver an unexpected traveler as they journey across the country for a high stakes fighting tournament. While Stanley trains Lion for the fight of his life, a series of events threaten to tear the brothers apart, but their love for one another and belief in a better life keep them going in this gripping drama that proves family pulls no punches.
Jungleland premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Shout! Factory is presenting a collection of holiday and winter programming that will be streaming throughout December.
The slate includes episodes from TV series such as “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Johnny Carson Show,” “Father Knows Best,” “Dennis the Menace,” and even “Ultraman” and “The Weird Al Show”; films that get the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment; classic films including Black Christmas, An American Christmas Carol and Scrooge; modern film favorites like Feast of the Seven Fishes and Snowtime!; and specials featuring Glen Campbell and Peter, Paul and Mary.
The complete holiday offering is available for viewing on demand on ShoutFactoryTV.com; Shout! Factory TV’s Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Android apps; and on various Shout! Factory TV branded channels including Tubi, Amazon Prime Channels, and the Roku Channel. Shout! Factory TV will also be featuring festive holiday content programmed throughout the month of December on its linear channels.
The complete list of holiday programming includes:
12 Days of Christmas Eve
An American Christmas Carol
The Black Candle
A Christmas Carol (2000)
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
Christmas for a Dollar
The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t
Cinematic Titanic: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Gift of Winter
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Christmas Special (1969)
The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour: Christmas Special (1970)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Peter, Paul & Mary: The Holiday Concert
Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2
The Aquabats! Super Show!: Christmas with the Aquabats!
Backlot: An American Christmas Carol
Backlot: MST3K: Santa Versus Satan
Car 54, Where Are You?: Christmas at the 53rd
The Carol Burnett Show: Tim Conway
The Carol Burnett Show: Gary Moore, Durward Kirby
The Carol Burnett Show: Alan Alda
The Carol Burnett Show: Ken Berry
Danger 5: Merry Christmas Colonel
Danger 5: Un Sacco Di Natale (A Sack of Christmas)
Denjii Sentai Megaranger: We Won’t Be Defeated! Decisive Christmas Eve Clash
Denjii Sentai Megaranger: Carefree! Kenta’s New Year’s Eve Crisis
Dennis the Menace: The Christmas Story
Dennis the Menace: The Christmas Horse
Dennis the Menace: The Fifteen-Foot Christmas Tree
Father Knows Best: The Christmas Story
Father Knows Best: The Angel’s Sweater
Gekisou Sentai Carranger: The Reckless Dash Emperor’s Frightful Fuel Check